Al Talah Board Company Producing OSB from Recycled Date Palm Tree Waste in the UAE

Al Talah Board Company, with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), produced its first branded “Desert Board” OSB on December 14th, 2021. The Desert Board was produced in a new Dieffenbacher plant, which is using recycled date palm tree waste to manufacture the OSB boards.

Al Talah Board contracted with Dieffenbacher in 2019 to create the unique OSB plant, which will help keep slow-to-biodegrade palm waste out of landfills and industrial composting pits. The innovative and highly sustainable plant will use about 15% of the 500,000 tons of palm waste generated yearly in the UAE to produce 120,000 m³ of high-quality OSB per year.

In a statement prepared for the information release, Mazen Dukmak, business development manager at Al Talah Board said, “Our Chairman Mr. Hatem Farah envisioned 18 years ago using our country’s abundance of palm trees to produce sustainable building products. The state-of-the-art technology and innovative plant concept were most important for us when we chose Dieffenbacher for our project. We are the world’s first company to use recycled palm waste to produce premium quality OSB. We made this happen with the technical collaboration of Dieffenbacher, their production know-how, and because of their expertise in the field of alternative raw materials.”


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Abu Dhabi plant manufactures OSB from date palm fronds